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Homemade Frame 

Written By: Matt Maranian 


• Ruler (1) 

• Sharpie (1) 


Plywood (1) 

16"x16" piece of 3/4" A/C fir plvwood. 

Sandpaper ( 1 ) 

Fine-grit sandpaper and flat wood block. 

Clean cloth (1) 

Varnish (1) 

(optional). Aqua ZAR water-based 


Paintbrush (1) 

to use with varnish(optional). 

Plexiglass (8"x8" piece) 

with the protective plastic sheeting left 


Masking tape (1) 

Electric drill (1) 

Drill bit (1) 
11/64" drill bit. 

Eye bolts with washers (2) 
5/32"x1" eye bolts with washers. 

Round-head machine screw with hex 

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nuts (2) 

5/32"x1" round- head machine screws 

with hex nuts. 

Acorn nuts (2) 
5/32" acorn nuts. 

Picture wire (1) 


Some scrap plywood and a sheet of plexiglass fitted with a few cents' worth of hardware is 
all it takes to get those must-frame items out of your drawers and onto your walls. This 
framing project can be built to suit, but for the sake of a starting point, I've sized the frame to 
accommodate an 8"x8" block print. 

A note on materials: I like fir plywood because it's cheap and tends to bear the most 
exaggerated grain; 1" plexiglass is available cut-to-size at a decent hardware store or can be 
purchased precut at most framing supply shops. 

Using varnish on the wood will accentuate the grain and give it a satin finish. You may also 
eave the wood unfinished. 

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• Prepare the surface using fine-grit sandpaper wrapped over a flat wood block; sand the 
choice-side surface of the plywood smooth. 

• With a dry cloth, wipe the plywood completely to remove the dust created by sanding. 
Brush the surface with Aqua ZAR varnish. Allow the varnish to dry completely, lightly sand 
the varnished surface, wipe off the dust, and apply a second coat. Repeat. (Apply 3 coats 
of varnish in total.) 

• Use a ruler to establish the centered placement of the plexiglass; each edge of the 
plexiglass should be 2V2" from each edge of the plywood. With masking tape, mark the 
corner points. 

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• Using a Sharpie marker, draw 4 
straight lines 1" from each edge of 
the plexiglass, on the protective 
film (not on the plexiglass itself). 

• Prop up the plywood a few inches 
above your work surface with 
scrap lumber or books. 

• Hold the plexiglas centered on the 
plywood using the taped corner 
guides, and drill a hole at each 
point where the lines drawn on the 
plexiglas intersect. 

• Drill straight through the plywood 
(taking care, of course, not to drill 
through the books). 

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• After drilling each hole, slip either a 
machine screw or an eye bolt into 
the shaft to anchor the placement 
of the Plexiglas while the remaining 
holes are drilled. 

Do not force the drill 
because the Plexiglas is 
ikely to crack. 

Remove the tape from the plywood and remove the protective sheets from each side of the 
plexiglass. Clean both the plywood and the plexiglass clear of drilled shavings. Sandwich 
your artwork so that it's centered between the plexiglass and the plywood. 

Slip the washers over the eye bolts and screw the hex nuts onto the machine screws. 
Slide the eye bolts and machine screws through the drilled holes from the backside of the 
frame, and secure them with the acorn nuts (the 2 eye bolts should be placed through the 
"top" holes in the frame to allow for picture wire and hanging). In order to fit the acorn nuts 
flush to the plexiglass, the hex nuts may need to be adjusted. 

Run the picture wire through the eyes of the bolts, winding each end tightly to secure. 

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This project first appeared in CRAFT Volume 01 , pages 139-140. 

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